No. 3 Limestone Knocked off by No. 8 Rollins

GAFFNEY, S.C. In a battle of Division II women's lacrosse heavyweights, No. 3 Limestone (2-1, 1-0 CC) came up just short against their newly minted rival No. 8 Rollins (4-0) as the Tars claimed a late 11-10 victory over last season's NCAA national runner-ups on Saturday, February 25 at Saints Field.

Senior attack Racquel Prager (Seaford, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals and added an assist while junior attack Chelsea Treat (Penn Yan, N.Y.) finished with a pair of scores. Freshman midfielder Sam McCarrick (Oswego, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist to go along with two ground balls, two draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers.

Senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) and junior midfielders Jessie Aguglia (Webster, N.Y.) and Brittany Howard (Oswego, N.Y.) each chipped in with a goal and sophomore attack Sarah Oor (Uxbridge, Canada) added an assist. Milchling played the entire game and made 11 saves while allowing 11 goals to drop to 2-1 on the season.

Trailing 10-9 with 13:33 remaining in the game, Limestone's Howard evened the game at 10-10 as she converted on a free position attempt. The score would stay that way for the next 12 minutes. With 1:21 left on the clock, the Tars' Cat Kelley was granted a free position shot. After initially deflecting the shot, senior goalkeeper Brigid Milchling (Cockysville, Md.) could only watch as it trickled into the goal for the go-ahead score.

Despite not winning the ensuing draw control, the Saints battled back and forced a turnover with 13 seconds remaining. After a foul by Rollins helped them move the ball into the offensive zone, Limestone senior attack Sylvia Queener (Penn Yan, N.Y.) raced downfield and was hammered by a defender, resulting in a yellow card and a free position attempt with four seconds on the clock.

On that play, the Tars were whistled for a second consecutive yellow, taking the game down to one shot. Queener made a solid run and fired but Rollins keeper Elyse De Lisle was equal to the task and made the save to secure the 11-10 victory.

In the first half, the team's alternated scores and eventually deadlocked at 2-2 less than four minutes into the game. Limestone pulled ahead 3-2 and the teams once again alternated goals as RC tied it at 4-4 before a goal by Sophie Townsend put them ahead by one with 8:53 left in the half. Over the final 2:26, Prager delivered a pair of goals to send the Saints to the half with a 6-5 lead.

That advantage would be pushed to 7-5 off a goal by Sam McCarrick in the first two minutes of the second half but that lead would slowly dissipate as Rollins notched three straight goals over a five minute span to retake the lead at 8-7 with 19:23 to go.

Chelsea Treat capitalized on a free position shot at 18:42 to tie the game and Prager knifed through the defense for an assisted goal 30 seconds later that gave Limestone a 9-8 advantage. A goal by the Tars Cat Kelley then evened the game at 9-9 and set the stage for the frenetic finish.

Cat Kelley led the attack for Rollins as she finished with three goals, two assists and three ground balls while Sophie Townsend had a pair of goals and a game-high five ground balls along with two caused turnovers. Erica Pagliarulo had two goals and a game-high five draw controls and Ginerva Czech finished with a pair of scores. Anna Townsend and Mo Imel each added single goals. De Lisle played the entire game between the pipes, making five saves and allowing 10 goals to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Limestone has an immediate opportunity to rid themselves of the sour taste left in their mouth as they host first year program Saint Leo tomorrow, February 26 at Saints Field. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.

NOTES: It is the second straight time that Rollins has defeated the Saints, earning a 13-9 victory in last year's regular season finale ... that was Limestone's only loss of the regular season ... a chippy game from the very beginning, the 11-10 decision featured eight yellow cards, five by Rollins and three by Limestone.

2012-02-25



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